Glenbard West’s Schutt picks Penn StateGlenbard West defensive tackle Tommy Schutt has committed to Ohio State.
Updated: August 11, 2011 4:02PM
Glenbard West defensive tackle Tommy Schutt, ranked as Illinois’ best prospect in the Class of 2012, gave an oral commitment to Penn State on Wednesday.
Schutt, a 6-foot-3, 295-pounder, had 67 tackles, 15 sacks and 23 tackles for loss last season for the Hilltoppers.
Why did he pick Penn State?
“The overall feel and how comfortable I was on campus with the players and coaches,” Schutt said in a text message. “Also, the defensive line coach, coach (Larry) Johnson, was a major factor. I am very excited to have the opportunity to play for a coach like him and also coach (Joe) Paterno.”
“It’s a great catch or Penn State,” CBS College Sports recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said. “He’s got innate pash-rushing skills. He’s got great feet, great hands. He can split the double-team very well.”
Though Schutt has starred on the defensive side of the ball in high school, Lemming believes his skills go beyond that.
“I think he’s got All-American ability at defensive tackle and offensive guard,” Lemming said.
Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet figures Schutt has found a perfect situation.
“I think it’s a good fit for Tommy,” Hetlet said. “I think it was initially his first pick. ... They’re just a well-disciplined program. They seem to have a true concern about the kids they recruit.”